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LJ McKanas
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Contestant Profile
Birth Date January 8, 1979 (1979-01-08) (age 36)
Hometown Boston, MA
Occupation Horse Trainer


Tribe(s) Solana
Placement 9/18
Alliance(s) Solana Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 8
Vote(s) Against 8
Day(s) Lasted 25

Leon Joseph "LJ" McKanas[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Cagayan.

The leader of the pre-swap Beauty Tribe and a key member of the Solana Alliance, he became a quiet and dangerous player. For that reason, he was blindsided by his closest ally Tony Vlachos.


Name (Age): LJ McKanas (34)
Tribe Designation: Solana
Current Residence: Boston, Mass.
Occupation: Horse Trainer
Personal Claim to Fame: Making the Hall of Fame at Northeastern University and my high school.
Inspiration in Life: My mom because she beat cancer.
Hobbies: Horse racing, fishing and designing.
Pet Peeves: Incompetent people, liars and thieves.
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, creative and witty.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Starburst and an iPad.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob, because he has just the right amount of charm, charisma and looks to persuade anyone to do what he wants.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The challenging adventure and the money.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: My puzzle skills, athletic ability, my wittiness and logical thinking.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: My athleticism will carry me through the early stages, my charm through the middle, and smarts to play through to the end.
Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I’d consider myself a Brawn. I'm a down-to-earth, rugged guy who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and brains seem to be smarts lacking the physical abilities. You can be brawny and good-looking and we have a brain.
Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Brawn have the best chance. Perception is they are big, competitive athletes lacking the mental fortitude to go on. After dominating early physical challenges they present little mental risk for further advance in the game. Egos left aside, they have the best chance to win the game.

Survivor: Cagayan

Voting History

LJ's Voting History
Episode LJ's
Voted Against
1 Solana Tribe Immune
2 Solana Tribe Immune
3 Morgan;
4 Solana Tribe Immune
5 Cliff Cliff, Lindsey,
6 Solana Tribe Immune
7 Sarah -
8 Morgan -
9 Spencer Jeremiah, Spencer,
Tasha, Tony, Woo
Voted Off, Day 25
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In Cops-R-Us, the vote ended with a 2-2-2 tie between Alexis, Brice, and Morgan, forcing a revote. LJ voted for Brice on the revote.



  • LJ is the oldest member of the Solana tribe.
  • LJ is the only male to make the merge and not have been an Aparri tribe member at any time .
  • LJ lost 24 lbs. (10 kg) during his time in Cagayan.[3]
  • LJ was the last original tribe leader in Cagayan to be voted off and the only one to not be the first person voted off of a tribe.


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